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Sponsors: Rep. Hill
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 3259
Introduced in the House on January 14, 2020
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: FOIA, definition of a public body; add legislative caucuses to definition
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/11/2019 House Prefiled 12/11/2019 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/14/2020 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 105) 1/14/2020 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 105)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 30-4-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF A PUBLIC BODY IN THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, SO AS TO ADD LEGISLATIVE CAUCUSES TO THE DEFINITION; AND TO AMEND SECTION 30-4-40, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, SO AS TO REMOVE THE EXISTING EXEMPTION FOR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THEIR IMMEDIATE STAFF.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 30-4-20(a) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(a) 'Public body' means any department of the State, a majority of directors or their representatives of departments within the executive branch of state government as outlined in Section 1-30-10, any state board, commission, agency, legislative caucus, as defined in Section 2-17-10(11), and authority, any public or governmental body or political subdivision of the State, including counties, municipalities, townships, school districts, and special purpose districts, or any organization, corporation, or agency supported in whole or in part by public funds or expending public funds, including committees, subcommittees, advisory committees, and the like of any such body by whatever name known, and includes any quasi-governmental body of the State and its political subdivisions, including, without limitation, bodies such as the South Carolina Public Service Authority and the South Carolina State Ports Authority. Committees of health care facilities, which are subject to this chapter, for medical staff disciplinary proceedings, quality assurance, peer review, including the medical staff credentialing process, specific medical case review, and self-evaluation, are not public bodies for the purpose of this chapter."
SECTION 2. Section 30-4-40(a)(8) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
Memoranda, correspondence, and working papers in the possession of individual members of the General Assembly or their immediate staffs; however, nothing herein may be construed as limiting or restricting public access to source documents or records, factual data or summaries of factual data, papers, minutes, or reports otherwise considered to be public information under the provisions of this chapter and not specifically exempted by any other provisions of this chapter Reserved."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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